WORCESTER, Mass. – First-year student Payton Anderson had a five point performance and his classmates Tegan poerio and Ella Rottinghaus scored their first goals as Terriers to help the Boston University field hockey team secure a 6-1 road victory over Holy Cross in the season finale on Friday afternoon at Hart Turf Field.
Anderson scored two goals and got an assist to end his rookie campaign with a team-high 24 points and 10 goals. Poerio opened the scoring early in the second quarter and the Terriers turned a 2-0 lead into a 6-0 advantage in the fourth quarter. Second year Tess Csejka and junior Ellie McIntyre also scored for BU.
BU ends the year with a 4-14 score while the Crusaders have a 6-10 record.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
- After a scoreless first quarter in which BU managed seven shots and four corners, the Terrier offensive broke in the 19th minute to open the scoring.
- The Terriers moved the ball around the circle – from right to left – and it headed for Poerio, who walked straight through the Holy Cross defense before pushing a shot towards the boards at 6:52 pm.
- BU doubled their lead before the break as Anderson entered the circle from the right side before watching Csejka in the middle and sending him a hard pass.
- Csejka executed a perfect redirect past Holy Cross midfield Brooke Ross at 26:26 to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
- BU sidelined the game in the third quarter, scoring three times on seven shots.
- The Terriers’ transition play was exceptional and resulted in number and beauty in the circle, especially in the third.
- Junior Mikayla crowley had a perfect pass without looking through the crease until the second year Thalia Steenssens and his attempt was kept out of the cage of the Holy Cross defender’s body resulting in a penalty stroke.
- Anderson calmly put down the hitting lower left of the cage for a 3-0 advantage at 34:28.
- Just over three minutes later, BU was effective on one run again as Crowley found Rottinghaus on the right side of the circle where the rookie sent his first collegiate goal, creating a 4-0 cushion.
- Anderson struck again at 42:17, passing the right side defense before landing a shot at Ross to complete his first two-goal performance as a Terrier.
- With a 5-0 lead at the start of the fourth, BU did not finish as they scored in their 12th and last penalty corner of the match.
- The corner play was set up for junior Rachel Borzymowksi at the top of the circle and her attempt was signaled by McIntyre over five yards to make it a 6-0 affair.
- The Crusaders spoiled the BU shutout when Emily Dionne scored a corner with 6:13 left in regulation.
- BU’s six-goal production was the highest since an identical 6-1 win at Colgate on October 11, 2019
- Junior Caroline kelly got the start in goal for BU and stopped both shots she faced before year two Kate thomason played the last quarter and made a save while allowing the late goal.
- The Terriers dominated Holy Cross, 26-6, and held a 12-3 advantage in the corners.
- BU recorded at least six hits in each quarter.